No heat for government offices as Iran breaks record
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 8/ Trend M. Moezzi
Government offices who don't conserve natural gas will have their service cut off for 24 to 48 hours as Iran tries to keep up with record demand for heat, Pana news reported.
Homes, businesses and non-major industries in Iran are using 556 million cubic metres of gas a day. This record-high consumption, combined with a sharp drop in gas imports from Turkmenistan has put great pressure on the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) as it tries to keep up with demand.
During this period of heavy demand it is essential that government offices conserve energy by shutting off their heating systems after working hours. If they fail to do so, their gas supply will be cut off for 24 to 48 hours, said Majid Boujarzadeh the NIGC's spokesman.
The national gas company is trying to meet the greater need for natural gas as Turkmenistan's Turkmengaz Company unexpectedly halved its gas exports to some 10 million cubic metres. So far, there has been no interruption in natural gas service in Iran, said Mr. Boujarzadeh.